Nursing Home Neglect Attorney in Edison, NJ
Sometimes, the best option for an aging or ailing family member is the care, compassion, and comfort of a nursing home. For many, these institutions are a lifeline, providing the care seniors need and the life they deserve. It often isn’t easy for a family to decide that a loved one is better suited to a nursing home. However, families can take comfort knowing the care facility they have chosen will provide excellent care to their loved one. It is important for every patient’s needs to be met. Like other health care facilities, a nursing home has an obligation to its residents: to meet and exceed the medical standard of care. When a nursing home does not meet its obligation, people can be hurt or become ill. The signs of nursing home neglect are not always apparent. It is important to monitor your loved one for anything that would resemble possible neglect. If you believe that your loved one was injured, became ill, or died because of the negligence of a nursing home, it is important to discuss your claim with an attorney. With decades of experience, the trial attorneys at Stathis & Leonardis are ready to protect the rights of your loved one and hold the negligent parties accountable. Contact our firm today.
Examples of Nursing Home Negligence
Nursing home negligence comes in many forms, not all of which are easily noticed. Though some signs of neglect are not immediately apparent, others are as clear as day. These forms of negligence can be quite devastating to the victims and their families. Unfortunately, there are too many instances when a person’s quality of life is put in jeopardy because of nursing home negligence. Below are some examples of nursing home negligence we regularly handle:
- Sexual assault and abuse
- Physical abuse
- Bed sores from not being moved often enough
- Verbal abuse and harassment
- Medication Errors
- Broken bones
When a loved one is abused or neglected, a family may decide to take legal action. Nursing home negligence must be proven. It is important to preserve all evidence of neglect and create a paper trail of communication with the home and managing agencies. All allegations of nursing home abuse should be reported to the proper authorities. Tell the facility management as soon as signs of neglect become apparent. Once you have done that, it is important to report abuse to enforcement agencies, such as:
- Local law enforcement
- The Department of Health
- The New Jersey Office of The Adult Protective Services Agency
- The New Jersey Office of Ombudsman for the Institutionalized Elderly
Reporting allegations of abuse or negligence can start an investigation that may uncover the evidence necessary to support a lawsuit. Though this is a good first step, it is important to preserve evidence, no matter how seemingly insignificant. If possible, take pictures of any signs of neglect as they become apparent. These can include but are not limited to bed sores, bruises, marks, welts, and signs of dehydration and malnourishment.
Contact an experienced nursing home negligence attorney
It is always important to consult with an attorney when faced with such a concerning matter. Developing a case takes time and a thorough investigation is essential to the success of a lawsuit. Stathis & Leonardis is an experienced law firm comprised of seasoned trial attorneys ready to fight for the rights of neglected or abuse nursing home residents. We are dedicated to every client. We know what is at stake. Contact Stathis & Leonardis for a free consultation to discuss your legal matter.